The Steps to Cope Partnership

To mark Children of Alcoholics Week from 9-15 February, 2020, the Steps to Cope Partnership (ASCERT, Barnardo’s NI, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and AFINet UK) announced the availability of two key resources in Northern Ireland to help support young people affected by parental alcohol, drug use or mental health problems.


The Steps to Cope website is an online information resource designed to support young people living with the presence of alcohol misuse, substance misuse or mental health difficulties in their family. The website, which is tablet and smart phone friendly has information for young people aged 11 to 18 and those working with these young people. It also has an online, self-help intervention which young people can use at their own pace and is easily navigated.

For a flyer to inform young people about the on line intervention or for more information contact Gregg Nicholl or Ed Sipler

Understanding and Responding to Hidden Harm: A Guide for Educational Professionals is a guide for school staff which enhances knowledge and skills in identifying and responding to pupils living with these adversities. It explores the role for teachers and other school staff with ideas of support that have been shown to be effective in building resilience.

The guide can be downloaded from in the practitioners section.